Philosophy #105

“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”


Another magnificent quote from one of our teachers and fathers: Plato. He states: “We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark….” But what is forgiveness? Is it just the simple act of forgiving? Is it a disposition or a willingness? Was he trying to assure us that it is simple to forgive a child cause they come into the world with something we lost a long time ago; INNOCENCE?

Now, the other part is even more fascinating:” ……….the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” Was he trying to tell us that is lamentable and even dreadful for grown men to be afraid of the light (Wisdom, knowledge and understanding) because we have a deeper capacity to grasp the concepts of right and wrong, moral and immoral? If so, then the times we are living right now are a true tragedy.

We condemn the innocence of our children and celebrate the ignorance of men. What is happening to this world? We learn from the corrupt and push aside our real teachers; our kids. When would we forgive our children for being afraid of the world WE have created? When would we stop the celebration of our fall? WHEN!!?

Our teacher and father was somewhat right, but now the quote has been deformed to: “We refused to forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real celebration of life is when men are afraid of the light.”

We really need to change our ways, to take control or there will not be space in this world for our real teachers………………………………………..
Perhaps we are too late, perhaps…………………………….there is nothing to change.

Leave your thoughts about this quote, I am intrigued to read how you perceive this quote or how you can dissect it further. Thank you and don’t forget to think, for a thing will be just a thing, until you think beyond that thing.

23 thoughts on “Philosophy #105

  1. When I read ‘child’ I read it as all men and women on this earth. I think Plato brings up a battle we all have everyday. It’s so easy to fall in the trap of fear and ‘the dark’. It’s something that is expected of human beings. But when you’re afraid of the light…that reveals there is a darkness so great inside you that it makes you immune to goodness and hope. And nothing…nothing is as scary as that.

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  2. Your writing has so much depth. What stood out to me most was when you said “we condemn the innocence of children and celebrate the ignorance of men.” To me, this statement means so many things. It means that we force our children to grow up too quickly so they’re aware, and exempt of surprises. As the children grow older, they shown a society that marvels in selfishness. By this I mean that our society has molded us into be entitled, narcissistic machines. Brains that don’t think for themselves or pursue knowledge. And then not to mention, being emotionless. A society that’s apathetic to another’s downfall.
    The part of your statement when you said we celebrate the ignorance of men couldn’t be more applicable to today. Western societies are a testament a systematic apathy. Leaders, followers, students, parents, teachers turn a blind eye on the suffering of mankind. A society where, if it doesn’t’ affect you, it’s not your problem.
    I love your writing in that it’s ambiguous. It open for interpretation, and this is the interpretation that instantly came to mind. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. That is exactly what I want. To live it open for others beautiful readers, such yourself, to think deeper. Your thoughts were and are so valuable to me. Thank you so much for reading. Stay tune for next week. I have a feeling you will like it a lot. Stay amazing

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  3. I think we want life to be bliss and everyone is afraid of the dark and because we dont bother to know the difference between light and dark we remain stagnant and complacent. Sad commentary. It has been this way for all of time as I see life and history. Certainly more to think about…

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  4. I loved how you have explained your interpretation on the quote. Before I could comment I reread the quote and to me it appears to be easier to forgive the obvious”child being afraid of darkness” no sooner something different or so called morale, right from the wrong, the worldly accepted right is challenged, ” Man afraid of darkness” we are quick to judge shun and not give it a second thought before we declare punishment. If I am given an option I wud forgive both, for its human to err.with anger and not forgiving it’s we who get burdened and forgiving learning from it and moving on makes us feel light and at peace 🙂

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  5. The focus is on the tragedy of men being afraid of the light. In which, I take, the light being truth, enlightenment, and ultimately the good. Men, that have already overcome the fear of darkness, yet are hesitant to stand up and embrace the light. To fight for truth. To live off principles. To bask in the good. We see this in politics, in academic discussions, and in everyday life. We turn the other cheek as we walk the fine line of toleration and individualism. We are so afraid to voice our opinions that we would rather hide in the dark. As men, we’ve made the dark a cozy, complacent cave that shields us from the realities the light brings to view.

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  6. Sorry, I don’t like being the spoiler again, but Plato didn’t say that either ( ). Maybe it would be a good idea to state exactly where a quote is taken from in a philosopher’s works. It is also easier to interpret it when you know the context.
    But of course a single line may also be thought inspiring no matter who said it, so please continue to give us these pieces of inspiration.

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